Birthday Bucket List
You Can Sleep Inside a (Gorgeous) Cave in This Ancient Italian Village
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown
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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Via Civita, 28, Matera, 75100 MT, Italy

A trip to Italy is a charmed addition to any birthday wishlist. Rather than heading to the bustling cities of Rome, Milan or Florence to museum hop, your next b-day bash could be all about rejuvenation and feeding the soul. If this sounds like your style, check out Sextantio in the beautiful and ancient town of Matera. The cave dwelling hotel is a stunner that dates back to 1930, while the town itself has been said to date back to the Paleolithic Age.

The best part? You can kick-start the planning right now and book your stay right here on The Venue Report website. Too easy!

Book your stay at Sextantio here →


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Wine Cave
An Old Italian Village Has An Underground Winery Where You Can Drink Wine in a Cave
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown

In southern Italy’s ancient village of Matera, an underground wine cave has made a big splash in modernizing the local scene. Carved into the mountain, this contemporary wine sipping haven is catching attention from every wine and architecture buff around. Designed to highlight the history of this beautiful town, Enoteca dai Tossi is all the eye candy we can handle.

Photography by Delfino Sisto Legnani


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Creative Conference
See How These Creatives Turned A Luxury Wedding Conference Into A Dream Vacation
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown

For those who haven’t heard about it, Engage! is a traveling event that brings together the wedding industry’s most creative minds in gorgeous settings around the world. Think of it as TedTalks but for people whose businesses depend on them knowing the ins and outs of the luxury market. Magazine editors, bloggers, planners, designers, and photographers from around the world gathered in Puglia, Italy for this year’s Engage!16 to discuss entrepreneurship, design, and more. And of course, they did it in total style, with a series of beautiful, thoughtful, and fun events hosted over three days’ time.

Brought on board as the official Engage!16 photographer, Betsi Ewing captured the stunning setting and the key events of the conference. Here’s the scoop straight from Betsi herself.

Words + Photography by Betsi Ewing


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Locals Guide To South Tyrol
A Locals Guide To Traveling Around South Tyrol
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy

It seems like any photo of South Tyrol could be a postcard. The Italian province is picturesque and dramatic with a rolling green landscape set against snowy peaks. Naturally, it’s a beloved destination for vacationers and adventurers, and it helps to have a local with recommendations. 24-year-old photographer Stefan Mahlknecht is one such guide. As his Instagram account wonderfully proves, he’s quite skilled behind the lens and his time is spent well outdoors around South Tyrol.

Having grown up hiking with his parents, Mahlknecht now spends his summers and falls trying to capture natural beauty, especially mountain scenery. Meanwhile, in the winter and spring, he mostly skies. “Skiing is my second big passion, after photography,” says Mahlknecht, “and I try to combine them more and more. Sometimes I get into a conflict where I don’t know if should shoot my friends while they’re skiing a great powder field or if I should rather ski down the mountainside by myself.” What better person to tell you how to make the most of a trip to South Tyrol? We thought the same thing and asked him for insider tips.

Photography: Stefan Mahlknecht


Discover South Tyrol With The Ultimate Local's Guide

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Destination Wedding Week
This Couple Just Hosted Everyone’s Dream Tuscan Villa Wedding
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown

Tuscan villa weddings never cease to inspire. There’s something so magical about that fragrant Italian air, the rich history, and the gorgeous architecture. And Italians seem to host weddings with such an air of simplicity, like it’s no big deal to host a dinner party for fifty or sixty people outdoors, under the clear Tuscan sky. Sara and Patrick’s wedding at Villa Catureglio has us all in total fantasy land over here, what with the Chestnut hunt in the mountains, vineyard tours, and the gorgeous meals they celebrated with.

Sara and Patrick recently filled us in on all the details of their wedding planning from afar. They worked with the creative and brilliant duo, Elyse and Katie, at BW Theory in Austin to make all their great ideas into a reality.

Words by bride, Sara + Katie Moore of BW Theory | Photography by Matthew Moore Photography 

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